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About the Awards

Many businesses, volunteers, and artists have significantly impacted the cultural landscape of northeast Louisiana. In 1985, to acknowledge these contributions, the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council established awards of merit which are presented on an annual basis. Arts organizations from the 11 parishes comprising Cultural Region 8 nominate businesses, volunteers, and artists whose contributions have impacted the arts in their communities and the region at large.

The BART Award, the Business Art Award, the oldest of the awards, was established in 1985. Nominees should be businesses or corporations that have made philanthropic contributions which have significantly impacted the success of the cultural programs of organizations in Region 8.

community. Nominees should hold leadership positions or share a particular expertise which substantially impacts an organization's contributions to the quality of the cultural life in Region 8.
Established in 1992, the Mary Lee Milam Award is the only award whose recipient is chosen exclusively by the Arts Council’s Board of Directors. Recipients of the award must have actively displayed enthusiasm, leadership, initiative and dedication from which the arts organizations and cultural community in Region 8 have obviously benefitted. The Mary Lee Milam Award is very special in that it is given only when an individual or organization has performed service of such value that it has had a dynamic impact on the cultural face of our regional community.

In 1999, at the request of the Arts Awards Selection Panel, a special award was created to only be awarded at the panel’s discretion and therefore not necessarily awarded annually. Because this award will only be presented under extraordinary circumstances, it is not intended to diminish the contributions of the award recipient in the category from which the honoree is selected. The Service to the Arts Award (SART) is presented to a nominee who, in the selection panel’s opinion, merits distinction because of the exemplary nature of their sense of community, dedication, enthusiasm, leadership, loyalty, pride, service, and tenacity.


Named for the artist credited with bringing art to the masses through his art in public spaces, the Edmund Williamson Award honoring the Artist of the Year Award was established in 1993 to acknowledge the invaluable contributions of individual artists to the quality of life in northeast Louisiana. Nominees should be professional artists who have shown excellence in their discipline and have enriched the Arts community in Cultural Region 8 through their art form.

Established in 1988, the Volunteer of the Year Award recognizes an individual's service to the development of the cultural arts in our
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YEAR RECIPIENTS AWARD
2014 Kiper Hardware & Lumber, Winnsboro BART
  Kim Leija Volunteer of the Year
  Derle Long Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Margaret Lauve Mary Lee Milam
  Luke Matherne Dorothy Bassett Emerging Artist
2013 Creed & Creed Law Office BART
  Jeanine Ballance Paton Volunteer of the Year
  Clay Couturiaux Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Georgia Street Mary Lee Milam
2012 Brennan Dodge Chrysler Jeep BART
  Scott Frick Volunteer of the Year
  Missy Crain Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Missy Crain Mary Lee Milam
2011 Community Trust Bank BART
  Marilyn Koepke Volunteer of the Year
  Wayne Gentry Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Brian Fassett Mary Lee Milam
2010 Louisiana Plastic Industries, Inc BART
  Patti Wilhite Volunteer of the Year
  Leaia Caver Alsup Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Mare Brennan Mary Lee Milam
2009 BancorpSouth BART
  Gregory Hudgins Volunteer of the Year
  Brad Arender Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Jamie Pettway Mary Lee Milam
2008 Opus Broadcasting BART
  Bill Rambin Volunteer of the Year
  Cliff Tresner Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Linda Lavendar Ford Mary Lee Milam
2007 Martin Brothers, Inc. BART
  Susan Lolley Volunteer of the Year
  Sandra Lunte
& Richard Seiler
Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Timmie Ray Thames Mary Lee Milam
2005 Winnsboro State Bank BART
  Norma Hickman Volunteer of the Year
  Coralie White Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Dot Bassett Mary Lee Milam
2004 Iberia Bank BART
  Charlotte Crawford Volunteer of the Year
  Margaret Dosher Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Something Special Antiques Regional BART
  Rebecca Dodson-Webster Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  KEDM FM90.3 Mary Lee Milam
2003 Albritton Photography BART
  Monroe Symphony League Volunteer of the Year
  Juanita Cochran Regional Volunteer of the Year
  The Franklin Sun Regional BART
  Roger Jones Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Naomi Cordill Mary Lee Milam
2002 Marsala Beverage BART
  Gretchen Dean
& Carolyn Seegers
Volunteer of the Year
  Mary Belle & Owen White Regional Volunteer of the Year
  KNOE Regional BART
  Don Cincone Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Bill Street Mary Lee Milam
2001 DeltaStyle Magazine BART
  Diane Howard Volunteer of the Year
  Louisa Petrus Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Tensas State Bank Regional BART
  Edmund Williamson Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Roger Held Service to the Arts
  June Strausser Mary Lee Milam
     

 

 

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Previous Recipients of the Northeast Louisiana Arts Council Arts Awards


YEAR RECIPIENTS AWARD
2000 Holyfield Construction BART
  Robert Martin Volunteer of the Year
  Marie Keahey Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Cross Keys Bank Regional BART
  Elmarie Wessels Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Nan Cogburn Service to the Arts
  Sarah Johnson Mary Lee Milam
1999 Hibernia National Bank BART
  LaVerne Bodron Volunteer of the Year
  Earl Tarver Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Cordill Propane Regional BART
  Lee Estes Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Percy Kottenbrook
Johnnie Usrey
Service to the Arts (posthumously)
1998 Outback Steakhouse BART
  Eloise Stanhope Volunteer of the Year
  Mary Jane Mullin Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Hibernia, Lake Providence Regional BART
  Margaret Ellerman Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Chris Ringham Service to the Arts
1997 Entergy BART
  Richland State Bank Regional BART
  Merle Brennen Volunteer of the Year
  Alwine Ragland Regional Volunteer of the Year
  Linda Lavender Ford Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
1996 Ouachita Coca-Cola BART
  Fair Hyams Regional BART
  Eleanor Hatfield Volunteer of the Year
  First Republic Bank, Rayville Regional Business
  Cathy Webb Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  University of Louisiana
at Monroe
Service to the Arts
1995 Central Bank BART
  Joy Marshall Volunteer of the Year
  Naomi Cordill Regional
  Cynthia Warner Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
1994 Premier Bank BART
  Carolyn Little Volunteer of the Year
  Allein Watson Regional
  Dr. George Brian Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
  Frances Adcock Mary Lee Milam
1993 Pecanland Mall BART
  Georgiann Potts Volunteer of the Year
  Evelyn Boone Regional
  Dr. Richard Worthington Edmund Williamson Artist of the year
1992 Century Telephone BART
  Tommy Usrey Volunteer of the Year
  Grace Reese Regional
  Frances Guthrie Mary Lee Milam
1991 Ouachita Citizen BART
  Jamie Pettway Volunteer of the Year
  Bastrop National Bank Regional
1990 KTVE-TV 10 BART
  Dr. D. H. Clark Volunteer of the Year
1989 News-Star BART
  Vickie Krutzer Volunteer of the Year
1988 F. Strauss Interests BART
     
1987 Central Bank BART
     
1986 International Minerals
& Chemicals
BART